Faculty

Roberto Pineda Accepted into Prestigious International Intraocular Implant Club

October 7, 2016

Roberto Pineda II, MD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, has been accepted into the International Intraocular Implant Club (IIIC). This prestigious society accepts only 250 members worldwide. Founded in 1966, the IIIC supports research and education in the field of intraocular lens implantation, as well as sponsors and advises national societies as they develop. As the Director of Refractive Surgery on the Cornea Service at Mass. Eye and Ear, Dr. Pineda specializes in laser vision correction, corneal surgery, and...

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Researchers shed light on repair mechanism for severe corneal injuries

Researchers shed light on repair mechanism for severe corneal injuries

October 3, 2016

New findings may pave the way for the development of pharmaceutical therapies to reverse corneal scarring

Boston, Mass. —  In cases of severe ocular trauma involving the cornea, wound healing occurs following intervention, but at the cost of opaque scar tissue formation and damaged vision. Recent research has shown that mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) — which can differentiate into a variety of cells, including bone, cartilage, muscle and fat cells — are capable of returning clarity to scarred corneas; however, the mechanisms by which...

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Janey Wiggs

Joint effort targets genes and traits to improve glaucoma screening, prevention and treatment

September 29, 2016

NIH and India fund collaborative grant for glaucoma research

Boston, Mass. —  Researchers from the U.S. and India have begun a new collaborative project to identify genetic risk factors and traits related to glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness worldwide. Funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and India’s Department of Biotechnology (DBT), the researchers’ goal is to help develop effective screening, prevention, and treatment strategies for glaucoma. Grants from the two agencies...

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Lubricin data demonstrates significant improvement in multiple signs and symptoms of dry eye disease compared to sodium hyaluronate

Lubricin data demonstrates significant improvement in multiple signs and symptoms of dry eye disease compared to sodium hyaluronate

michael gilmore

Mass. Eye and Ear team discovers, successfully treats new variant of antibiotic-resistant bacterium

September 15, 2016

Boston, Mass. —  Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear have discovered a new mutation in a highly antibiotic-resistant strain of E. coli that resists clearance by the body’s own immune system by inhibiting white blood cells that ordinarily kill and remove bacteria. In a paper published online today in JAMA Ophthalmology, the researchers describe the case that led them to...

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Researchers find proliferating cells in normal and diseased corneal endothelium

Researchers find proliferating cells in normal and diseased corneal endothelium

September 14, 2016

Findings published in the American Journal of Pathology offer new directions for treatment of patients with Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD)

Boston, Mass. —  Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear have, for the first time, identified rapidly proliferating cells (known as “neural crest-derived progenitor cells”) in the corneal endothelium of specimens from normal corneas and from corneas with Fuchs’ Endothelial Corneal Dystrophy (FECD), a condition in which the cells responsible for keeping the cornea...

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Luk Vandenberghe

Lonza to Offer Novel Anc-AAV Gene Therapy Technology Through Exclusive Licensing Agreement with Massachusetts Eye and Ear

September 12, 2016
  • The strategic licensing agreement between Lonza and Massachusetts Eye and Ear® underscores Lonza’s position as a leading AAV manufacturing service provider and offers customers unprecedented technology and services to commercialize next generation gene therapies.
  • The Anc-AAV vector platform has the potential to overcome pre-existing immunity in order to treat more patients compared with other viral vectors currently in development.
  • Anc80, the lead novel Anc-AAV available for sublicensing, is a potent gene therapy vector capable of superior gene expression levels in...
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Jospeh Ciolino, MD, with Drug Dispensing Contact Lens

Drug-dispensing contact lens effectively lowers eye pressure in pre-clinical glaucoma model

October 26, 2016

A contact lens designed to deliver medication gradually to the eye may improve outcomes for patients who struggle with imprecise, difficult to self-administer eye drops

Boston, Mass. — A contact lens designed to deliver medication gradually to the eye could improve outcomes for patients with conditions requiring treatment with eye drops, which are often imprecise and difficult to self-administer. In...

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Dr. Reza Dana to Receive 2016 Endre A. Balazs Prize

Dr. Reza Dana to Receive 2016 Endre A. Balazs Prize

April 28, 2016

Reza Dana, MD, MSc, MPH, Claes H. Dohlman Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, will receive the 2016 Endre A. Balazs Prize and present a Plenary Lecture at the XXII Biennial Meeting of International Society for Eye Research (ISER). The event will take place in Tokyo, Japan, on September 25 to 29, 2016. This prize honors a distinguished scientist whose outstanding contributions lead to significant progress in the field of experimental eye research. Past Harvard Ophthalmology recipients include...

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Dr. Jennifer Sun, Investigator in the Section of Vascular Biology, Receives Physician-Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness

Dr. Jennifer Sun, Investigator in the Section of Vascular Biology, Receives Physician-Scientist Award from Research to Prevent Blindness

July 15, 2016

BOSTON – (July 15, 2016) – Jennifer K. Sun, MD, MPH, Investigator in the Section on Vascular Biology at Joslin Diabetes Center, an Ophthalmologist in Beetham Eye Institute (BEI) at Joslin Diabetes Center, and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, has been granted an Physician-Scientist Award by Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB). Up to $300,000 will be...

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Lotfi Merabet

Lotfi B. Merabet, PhD, OD, Receives Low Vision Research Award

June 23, 2016

Boston, Mass. —  Lotfi B. Merabet, PhD, OD, MPH, an optometrist and vision researcher at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and an Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School, is the 2016 recipient of the Low Vision Research Award from Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) and the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF). Dr. Merabet will receive $300,000 over three years for...

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